About choosing a restaurant in Val Thorens
There's a wide range of restaurants in Val Thorens to suit all tastes, and budgets. Read our guide on all the best places to eat in Val Thorens and where to find your favourite style of cuisine.
At lunchtimes, most restaurants will offer a well-priced 'Plat du Jour' (dish of the day), normally consisting of locally-sourced meat, potatoes and a salad or seasonal vegetables.
Trying to find a good mountain restaurant can be a minefield and also pot luck. It can be difficult to tell from the outside if they are self-service or Michelin star so here’s a quick guide. There are a total of 11 restaurants located around and about the slopes of Val Thorens if you like to eat slopeside.
Chalet de la Marine has been named in Le Guide Michelin since 2013. They have a Michelin Star chef, Romuald Fassenet serving up traditional yet very fancy French cuisine. There is however also a cheaper option of Bistro de la Marine with self-service snacks. Just take the “Cascades” chair lift and head down the blue run “Les Dalles” and voila!
Known more for their après party than their food, you might not know that there is a restaurant tucked away at La Folie Douce and a good one at that! ‘La Fruitiere’ is found at the top of the Plein Sud chair lift. They have a beautiful terrace and whilst not a vast menu and certainly not at the cheaper end of the scale we would say that for mountain restaurants, it’s a really relaxing place to spend your lunchtime ‘on top of the world’. They also have a snack bar which is located under the DJ balcony if you need to refuel before dancing on the tables!
If a speedy lunch and getting back on your skis is your thing then a self-service restaurant such as Chalet de Caron will be a good stop off for you. Located opposite the Caron lift below Val Thorens, it can be a good meet up point too as it is easily accessible. Their menu offers a bit of everything with pizzas, pasta and local specialties and they have a huge terrace to enjoy the sun. After lunch you have two or three lifts to choose from opposite the restaurant to ski the afternoon away.
At the top of the Peclet lift you can find ‘Les Aiguilles de Peclet’ which has both a self-service restaurant and an a la carte menu.One of the best things about this restaurant is it's panoramic terrace with views of the glacier.
An option for a very rustic and French mountain restaurant experience is Chez Pepe Nicholas, below Val Thorens off the Piste de la Chasse. Most of their produce is home made and there is real attention to detail with the presentation. They have a cosy terrace with sheep skin throws and be sure to say Bonjour to ‘Happy’ the St Bernard who is normally somewhere taking a nap. Their menu is quite limited in selection and is pretty pricey with most dishes over 20 euros. It does however make a refreshing change and is a great place to ski to for a more traditional experience.
Definitely one to be noted for their great interior is the Steak Club on Rue de Gébroulaz in the upper part of Val Thorens. They have lots of different sections to the restaurant depending whether you want to take the long central table for a large group, a small booth or a cosy table next to the fire. They do great cocktails too so arrive early to enjoy an aperetif before tucking into your steak – you can’t go to The Steak Club without trying their steaks surely!
Breakfast & Brunch
La Face Ouest is open from 8am for coffee, crepes and snacks.
If you like to eat at altitude then Caron Freeride Café is as high as you can get in Val Thorens for dining, located at the top of the Cime Caron lift at 3200m. They do have a terrace however at that altitude conditions need to be perfect to be able to eat outside. The restaurant inside is not huge but can make a good stop off point before heading further afield. They also serve croissants and pain au chocolat if you were desperate to make first lift and missed breakfast.
A good option for families is Face West as they serve food all day and into the evening. They have a varied menu with snack options alongside full dishes including amazing pizzas as well as steaks, fish and pasta. Just remind yourself that the menu is priced for the mountains so pizzas are around 15 euros, but worth it!
Hotel Le Koh-I Nor has two restaurants to choose from, Le Diamant Noir and L'Atelier d'Eric. There is a gorgeous terrace to take in the beautiful views of Val Thorens and they offer a children’s menu for 3-12 year olds.
A place you cannot really miss is Le Koh-I Nor when you are staying in Val Thorens as it is an absolutely huge hotel. They have two restaurants to choose from, either Le Diamant Noir or L'Atelier d'Eric. There is a gorgeous terrace to take in the beautiful views of Val Thorens and they also have a lounge bar open both during the day and the evening.
If you would like to sample some local savoyarde cuisine then Le Blanchot in Val Thorens ticks the box. With a wine bar type atmosphere they serve reasonably priced French cuisine with local specialities to try.
La Laiterie is a modern restaurant and is definitely a must for the cheese connoisseur. They have a huge menu of different cheeses and even a fondue with Champagne!
If you want to sample some local cuisine in a really cosy restaurant with a great atmosphere then head to La Ferme de Reberty, Les Menuires. A lovely restaurant and if you stop off in the day time they have a lovely large sunny terrace too.
Down in St Martin de Belleville there is also the choice of Jardin Josephine or Le Montagnard which are next door to each other and both owned by the same family. Jardin Josephine is a small restaurant with a lovely bright and refreshing interior. Le Montagnard is quite often fully booked so make sure you reserve your table in advance. Both restaurants serve home made local specialities with a bit of a twist.
A really different restaurant that you do not normally find in a ski resort is Chantacoucou in the small village of Chatelard just below St Martin de Belleville. This is a family run farm restaurant normally serving a set menu with four courses and aperitif for just over 20 euros. It’s absolutely fantastic value and the food is amazing, serving meats and cheeses from the farm. Just be aware that this is a family restaurant with Maman in the kitchen and Papa in the dining room so there is generally just one sitting in their lovely cosy dining room with roaring fire. A definite recommend.
Italian & Pizza Restaurants
Face West has a varied menu with a snack option along with a full menu including amazing pizzas along with steaks, fish and pasta. Just remind yourself that the menu is priced for the mountains so pizzas are around 15 euros, but worth it!
Just across the road/piste is ‘La Maison’ which changed hands a few years ago and came back as a big glam white Restaurant. They have a similar menu to Face West in terms of variety but you might find it slightly more pricey. The restaurant is really centrally located for the evening at the end of the shopping gallery and swimming pool and they also have a huge terrace for sunny afternoons.
Further down the Belleville valley in Reberty above Les Menuires, the Ours Blanc offers superb home-made pizzas on its sun-blistering terrace.
Les Explorateurs in the Pashmina Hotel is a 1* Michelin restaurant open for dinner only. The contemporary dining room is the setting for creative gourmet dishes prepared by chefs Romuald Fassenet and Josselin Jeanblanc.
In between Les Menuires and St Martin down the valley from Val Thorens, you will find a tiny village called St Marcel where the famous 3* Michelin restaurant, La Bouitte has it's home. They received their third star last season and are going from strength to strength with their high standard of cuisine. As you would expect from a restaurant with such a rating the service is impeccable and it is certainly a dining experience. Also if you need somewhere for the helicopter to park don’t worry there’s a spot just across from the restaurant, you’re in luck!
Modern European & International Restaurants
Chalet du Thorens, also known as Bar 360 is known for being a great après-ski bar and they serve really good food too. There is plenty to choose from including traditional French cuisine, noodles, sandwiches, pizza, waffles and even sushi – a rare find on the mountain! They have a pretty relaxed set up with deckchairs and tables galore.
John’s American Restaurant offers a change from fondue with fajitas, steak, nachos and ribs on the menu. There is also the option of John’s Scandinavian offering more of a seafood menu and they also serve a brunch buffet on Saturday from 10am. There is also the option of John’s Scandinavian offering more of a seafood menu and they also serve a brunch buffet on Saturday from 10am.
The Steak Club on Rue de Gébroulaz in the upper part of Val Thorens specialises in... steak! They have lots of different sections to the restaurant depending whether you want to take the long central table for a large group, a small booth or a cosy table next to the fire. They do great cocktails too so arrive early to enjoy an aperitif before tucking into a juicy steak.
If you are staying in Les Menuires, a great place to find a homemade burger is Ninkasi which opened up a few years ago, run by two ski instructors who have hung up their skis in favour of the restaurant world. This restaurant is located towards the right-hand side of the Croisette near the children's fun area. The restaurant and terrace are on the small side as compared to other larger restaurants in this area but this makes for a cosy atmosphere. They also have a great range of artisanal beers to try and are open from the morning right through until the evening service.
Pubs & Gastropubs
If you are looking for some good ol' English pub grub then the 'Frog and Roastbeef' can tick that box. Located alongside the majority of Val Thorens bars/restaurants on Rue de Gebroulaz, the Frog and Roastbeef's menu is definitely more Roastbeef than Frog! With comfort food on the menu such as mac and cheese, bangers and mash and 'posh' chicken nuggets, they are open at lunchtime and are a good option if you are looking for a good feed before hitting the slopes.
For sushi, Red Dragon is the place to head for. Hidden away slightly in the upper area of Les Menuires this restaurant provides a great menu of Asian cuisine and you can opt for the 'bateaux' of sushi with around 60 pieces. This restaurant is a really refreshing change from the Savoie specialities if you are looking for something a little different for your palette.
Chalet du Thorens, also known as Bar 360 have some great après but some really good food too. On a different scale to La Fruitier, Chalet du Thorens focuses more on variety and offers a food court type set up with traditional cuisine, noodles, sandwiches, pizza, waffles and even sushi – a rare find on the mountain! They have a pretty relaxed set up with deckchairs and tables galore if you'd like to sit in instead.
‘Le Burger Bar’ serves homemade burgers and fries every day from 5pm-10pm with extended service on a Saturday serving from midday until 10pm. If you are a Val Thorens street expert then you will find them situated down the road La Rue du Soleil.
Other options depending on the direction of your walk from bar-apartment include; ‘Pizz’ Burger’ at Galerie Caron, ‘Val Burger Pizza’ on Rue Caron or ‘Ski Food’ at Place Caron.
Here’s a few more you might want to take a look at: Snow Food, Gaufres Geo, Waffy Good, Le Comptoir, Pic’ Nic, Face Food or L’Altifood.
We visit a selection of restaurants in Val Thorens each year. You can read about our first-hand experience in our Restaurant Reviews.